There are more Medicare options in 2016 than ever before, including Arkansas Medicare Advantage plans. If you choose to enroll, you will be exchanging your Original Medicare benefits for private health insurance that helps you reduce your out-of-pocket expenses.
Plans vary from county to county. Availability depends on healthcare networks in your area that are necessary to support HMO and/or PPO managed care. Click on your county to get started.
Who Can Enroll in Medicare Advantage?
If you are age 65 or older, you most likely qualify to enroll in a Arkansas Medicare Advantage plan available in your county. If you have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), you will need to stay on Original Medicare.
You are only allowed to join, drop or change plans during a Medicare Election Period. The period between 15 October and 7 December is the Annual Election Period (AEP). That's when most folks make changes to their Medicare.
There's also an Individual Election Period (IEP) that you can use once. Your IEP is a 90 day period around your 65th birthday. It starts the month before you turn 65 and ends the month after.
You can get enrolled three ways:
- Call a plan directly. If you know the plan you want, this way is quick and easy.
- Go to www.Medicare.gov and enroll through the government website. From there you can look up your medications, compare plans, and get your application started online.
- Use an independent insurance agent. This is the best way to go if you need someone to help advise you.
Medicare Advantage vs. Original Medicare with a Supplement
If you are concerned that Medicare Advantage could be inconvenient or limit your services, there is another way to get full coverage and lower your out-of-pocket costs. Arkansas Medicare Supplemental Insurance and a Arkansas Medicare Part D Plan (for prescriptions) work hand-in-hand with your Original Medicare to give you the best coverage possible.
A Medicare Supplement policy protects you from big medical bills and helps you lower the total annual cost of your healthcare. See our Arkansas Medigap Plans page for more information. The good news is that all supplemental insurance is standardized, offering you the luxury to buy the coverage you need based on the lowest price.
About Our 2016 Medicare Part C Information
We collect Medicare health insurance information from public files on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website. Although we do our best to regularly update our databases, we are not able to ensure the exactness of the information. You must use a licensed insurance agent to get an accurate and binding quote.
For additional, helpful information, visit CMS on the web at http://cms.gov. This page is maintained by David Bynon and was last updated on .